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National Army Museum

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Address: State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
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+64 6-387 6911
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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The National Army Museum, is an army war museum in Waiouru, New Zealand,...

The National Army Museum, is an army war museum in Waiouru, New Zealand, providing access to a unique collection of military exhibits, vehicles, memorabilia and public research material. The Museum is guardian to many of our national treasures, the displays are exceptional, the experience unforgettable.The Museum's Military Archive & Research Library is one of the leading military research centres in New Zealand. The Museum Gift Shop has an assortment of quality products for any special occasion. Kidz HQ is an interactive area for the children to enjoy; with puzzles, dress up and so much more. Our Cafe offers an array of tempting morsels to satisfy your taste buds.The National Army Museum open from 9.00am - 4.30pm seven days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day when the Museum is closed). Discover New Zealand's military history, engage with real life soldiers' stories and reflect on how conflict has shaped our nation.

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A military museum in the middle of nowhere. A good place to let the children look at all of the military vehicles in the grounds. good little cafe also

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A military museum in the middle of nowhere. A good place to let the children look at all of the military vehicles in the grounds. good little cafe also

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am a retired British Army officer and military historian. Thus I really wanted to visit. The museum is very well laid out, following a simple chronology. The complimentary maps made sense of this. The experience was, as it should be, humbling. Pertaining appropriately to centenarians there was appropriate focus on the First World War and Gallipoli. The only negative... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A well-curated army museum that also give many insights into NZ's early history. Is frank about European/Maori land wars and overseas wars New Zealanders fought in.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to many military museums around the world and found this one truly fascinating. Loved the display from military uniforms, to firearms and then the larger exhibits. This museum was professional in every aspect and I can't recommend it highly enough for people to visit. Allow a minimum of 2-3 hours for this wonderful establishment.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2017

It was a cold and rainy day so we tripped over to Waiouru from Ohakune and spent a wonderful 4 hours wandering around in the Museum. There is so much to see and read and it gives you a real feel of New Zealanders actions during the world wars and more. Superb day!

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Moate, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017

We have two children under 10 and they had a great time finding the objects on the sheet given out at entrance. Really wonderfully displayed history of NZ army. Didn't have enough time as we had to keep going to get to our destination. Great little cafe to have a cuppa at the end.

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2017 via mobile

Visited this museum as a family a long time ago and was not particularly impressed but it has been very much extended and is now absolutely excellent covering every conflict in which NZ has been involved from the Maori wars on. The medals collection is by far the best I have seen in any army museum and very accessible. The... More 

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North Shore City, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

so so glad we stopped here - taking our time to soak in all this gem has to offer - friendly staff - a real asset to New Zealand

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

As an Ex Artillery man, I have been watching this museum grow and develop over the years. For me, coming back this time, it was a Poignant reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that men and women have been making in the service to their country. The displays have just been getting better and better, and this time is no different.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

The museum is really well laid out. Very informative with lots to do and see. I particularly liked the fact that the New Zealand Wars were acknowledged. I really enjoyed the individual stories too. I was there for almost 2 hours and only saw about 2/3. But then I am a slow reader.

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